Grand Wizard Theodore (Theodore Livingston)
                    Waterbed Kev (Kevin Strong)
                    Master Rob (Robin Strong)
                    Dot-A-Rock (Darryl Mason)
                    Prince Whipper Whip (James Whipper)
                    Ruby Dee (Rubin Garcia)

 

In Grandmaster Flashes early days, his partner was "Mean Gene" Livingston.  Gene had a younger brother (who together were known as the L Brothers) that used to practice with Flash named Theodore.  Grand Wizard Theodore not only had Flash as a mentor at age 13, he is also often credited with the invention of scratching.  He also created the needle drop, a technique widely used.

In 1978, Whipper Whip and Dot-a-Rock were in a group called The Mighty Gestapo Crew (with DJ Kenny B and Count D) and the Funky Phase Four MC's.  They battled a crew called The Notorious 2 (who's members included Grandmaster Caz and JDL of the Cold Crush Brothers) at the Intersession Church on 155th Street and Broadway.   

Whipper Whip and Dot-A-Rock were also original members of the Cold Crush Bros.

They are often referred to as the Fantastic Freaks or Fantastic Romantic 5.

They battled many crews of the time most notably the Cold Crush Brothers.

They put out the 12" "Can I Get A Soul Clap" in 1980 which is still currently available on Tuff City Records.

The group never recorded an album, however, they do appear in the film "Wild Style" and on the recently released battle tape against Cold Crush at Harlem World in 1981.

* Bio info for Fantastic 5 courtesy of oldschoolhiphop.com*

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